ARCE Lecture: Voices from the Desert: Ancient Travelers' Rock Graffiti in Kharga Oasis, Egypt

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American Research Center in Egypt Presents:

Voices from the Desert: Ancient Travelers' Rock Grafitti in Kharga Oasis, Egypt
Dr. Nikolaos Lazaridis
California State University, Sacramento

Tuesday November 28, 2017- 7:30pm





Since 2007, the North Kharga Oasis Survey in Egypt’s Western Desert has explored a network of sandy paths and caravan routes connecting Kharga Oasis to Dakhla Oasis and beyond. Ancient travelers on these routes, as early as the Old Kingdom, left inscriptions, pictorial carvings and graffiti at their camp sites and stopovers.


Kharga Oasis was a major crossroad linking Egypt to points west and south. It was an alternative for travelers and traders who wished or were forced to avoid the Nile Valley. The Darb Ain Amur Survey team is revisiting these lonely desert spots, to discover and record archaeological and epigraphic remains at these rock sites. Their findings provide insight into the uses of these desert routes, travel practices and ideas, as well as the identity and background of the ancient Egyptian travelers who dared the western desert and chose to carve their marks on these rocks.



Tuesday, Nov 28, 2017

Smith Memorial Student Union, Room 238

Portland State University

7:30 pm

Free admission; Open to the public.   




Dr Lazaridis is Asst. Professor of Ancient History specializing in ancient history of Greece, Rome and Egypt, at California State University in, Sacramento. Educated at the American University in Cairo, he holds a Ph.D. in Oriental Studies from the University of Oxford (United Kingdom). He was a Research Fellow at Radboud University (The Netherlands) and Adjunct Faculty at the American University in Cairo. Author of many articles and a monograph called Wisdom in Loose Form which explores the language of Egyptian and Greek proverbs in the Hellenistic and Roman Periods, he uses textual and epigraphic evidence to discover cultural aspects of the ancient world.    


ARCE is a private, nonprofit organization that supports research on all aspects of Egyptian history and culture, fosters broader knowledge among the general public, and strengthens American-Egyptian cultural ties.


ARCE-OR – P.O. Box 15192 – Portland, OR 97214


Lecture sponsored by the Oregon Chapter of the American Research

Center in Egypt in cooperation with the Middle East Studies Center

of Portland State University.                                                            


Event Dates: 
Tuesday, November 28, 2017 - 7:30pm